OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

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What is OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)?

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent, persistent obsessions or compulsions. Obsessions are the intrusive ideas, thoughts, or images and compulsions are repetitive and seemingly purposeful behavior generally recognized as senseless.

Common symptoms reported by people with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

Common symptoms
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Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

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Type
How many have tried
Tried for
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(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
63
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(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
45
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Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
44
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(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
Anxious mood (37) Insomnia (7)
2 more
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(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
Anxious mood (28) Insomnia (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
Insomnia (24) OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (5)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26
Tried for
Depressed mood (13) Anxious mood (7)
2 more
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(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
Anxious mood (21) Insomnia (1)
1 more
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(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
Depressed mood (11) Anxious mood (10)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
Insomnia (21) Depressed mood (2)
1 more

Data from patients with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Apathy 9 more
How many evaluations
24
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Depressed mood Sex drive (libido) decreased 17 more
How many evaluations
30
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (8 evaluations)
Side effects
How many evaluations
8
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (26 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Bipolar depressive episodes 18 more
How many evaluations
31
Tried for
Anxious mood (37) Insomnia (7)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (19 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Addiction 6 more
How many evaluations
23
Tried for
Anxious mood (28) Insomnia (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Increased appetite 12 more
How many evaluations
23
Tried for
Insomnia (24) OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (5)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (19 evaluations)
Side effects
Anorgasmia Anxiety and frustration 5 more
How many evaluations
27
Tried for
Depressed mood (13) Anxious mood (7)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Bad taste in mouth Drowsiness 2 more
How many evaluations
19
Tried for
Anxious mood (21) Insomnia (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Sex drive (libido) decreased Abdominal bloating 17 more
How many evaluations
23
Tried for
Depressed mood (11) Anxious mood (10)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome)
How many evaluations
12
Tried for
Insomnia (21) Depressed mood (2)
1 more

Data from patients with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • None
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  • Severe
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  • Mild
  • None

Who has OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 65
20s 753
30s 935
40s 889
50s 545
60s 178
70+ 35

Gender

Distribution of females vs. males

76% Females
24% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 892
20-29 years 223
30-39 years 122
40-49 years 56
50-59 years 10
60-69 years 3
70+ years 1

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,737
Not Diagnosed 1,769

These charts show data from OCD patients who have completed their condition history
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